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Chinese Flagship Program 中文领航

Frequently asked questions for future students

 

How does applying to Flagship work with applying to the Honors College?  Do I have to do one before the other?

The Honors College application has a section for you to also complete an application for Flagship.  If you have already applied to Honors and would like to now apply to Flagship, please complete the application at this link.  You do not have to be accepted into the Honors College to apply for Flagship—the applications can occur concurrently.

Can I apply if the priority deadline has passed?

While Flagship does have a priority deadline for applications, we are a rolling admissions program.  We will continue to accept applications and admit scholars into the program until all spaces have been filled.  If you’re interested in Flagship and it’s after the priority deadline, still apply!!!!

Do I have to apply my first year at WKU?

While Flagship does have a priority deadline for applications, we are a rolling admissions program.  We will continue to accept applications and admit scholars into the program until all spaces have been filled.  If you’re interested in Flagship and it’s after the priority deadline, still apply!!!!

What should I do if I’m unsure about applying?

The application/interview process is designed to help both the applicant and the program know if Flagship is a good fit.  Bring questions to the phone interview, and you can decide after an offer is given.  You’ll make the final commitment to completing the Flagship curriculum at the end of the Fall semester of your first year.

Do I need to have prior Chinese language experience to apply to Flagship?

No prior language instruction is needed, just a desire to learn!

What if I do have prior Chinese language instruction?

If admitted to Flagship, you will be evaluated by faculty prior to attending T.O.P. (WKU’s orientation program) for course placement.  Because our program is an intensive language program, prior instruction is not a guarantee for placement in advanced courses.  We want to make sure you have all the tools to be successful at every level!

What’s the difference between the Chinese major and the Chinese Flagship Program?

Flagship is not a major or minor; it’s an intensive language curriculum geared towards your academic area of interest.  In other words, if your major is in biology you will learn general Chinese language and Chinese language skills specific to biology.  The program’s goal is for you to be able to work at a professional level within your field utilizing the Chinese language.  

If you would like to pursue a major in Chinese through the Modern Languages Department or a major in Asian Religions and Cultures through the Department of Philosophy and Religion, you are able to do so as a Flagship scholar.  However, you can combine the Chinese Language skills gained through the Flagship with ANY major.

Can I double major and still have time for Flagship?

Absolutely!  Actually, the majority of our scholars are double majors, and participate in other leadership and co-curricular activities on campus from the Forensics team, to Greek Life, and student government.  Don’t just take our word for it, though!  Let our current scholars share their experiences with you.  We can put you in touch with a current student to ask about their experiences.

Can I study another foreign language and be part of Flagship?

Absolutely, we love scholars who have a deep seeded appreciation for languages!  Spanish is actually one of the most common majors amongst current Flagship scholars, and many say the ability to learn a second language enhances their approach to learning a third.  Your Flagship advisor and academic advisor will work with you on crafting an academic plan which allows you to pursue additional languages and even study abroad for both languages.

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 Last Modified 7/26/16